Little River News.
VOLUME XXIII. ASHDOWJi, LITTLE RIVEB COUNTY, ARKANSAS. SATURDAY, JULY 2, 192L NUMBER 47.
CANTALOUPE HARVEST TO
START EARLY IN JULY
Cantaloupe Crop In Ylcinlty of Win
throp Is Looking Well; Shipping
Will Start Early In Jnly.
The Little River News is receipt of
a letter from C. E. Rotrammell, the
progressive sales manager of the Win
throp Truck Growers’ Association, in
which he points out that the harvest
of cantaloupes will soon be on. Mr.
Rotrammel’s letter follows:
“Come down about July 8-10, and
see the start of the largest shipping
season in cantaloupes and tomatoes
that Little River county has ever seen.
Our crop at present looks to be at
least 95 per cent good, and the acre
age around Winthrop will be about 335
acres, which should make over a hun
dred cars. Around Foreman there is
about 85 acres, which should make
about 30 cars.
“We are now making express ship
ments of tomatoes and cucumbers.
“I think I had the pleasure of eat
ing the first cantaloupe of the season
yesterday; this was pulled from the
Priest farm near Foreman last Friday
and Monday, 27th, it was in very good
eating condition. Four or five days
will ripen its pardners on the vines.
“Express shipments will start July
the 3rd or 4th.
“Our new 40 by 100 packing house
at Winthrop will be completed Friday.
It is two story, the upper story for
crates and crate making and supplies.
We will have one like this at Foreman
in 1922 if things continue to look as
they do now. The heaviest shipping
ever seen here is mainly caused by a
liberal use of commercial fertilizer
properly applied. Barnyard manure
is good, but needs commercial as a top
dressing. Farmers have farmed this
year as never before from what I can
see. Weeds and grass have had a hard
time. Cotton is not doing extra well.
“We expect to pay out about $60,000
or better this year to the farmers for
Road District No. Eight
Will Get $35,000 Aid
Attorney for District No. Eight, A.
D. DuLaney, announces that Road Im
provement District No. Eight will re
ceive $27,000 federal aid and $8,000
state aid, a total of $35,000. The rea
son that this district has been able to
succeed in getting this so illusive to
many, is that they have kept eternally
after it. Much of the credit is given
the Parkes Engineering Company, who
have had charge of the work and who
have seen that the work complied with
the requirements. Many districts have
found that the cost in meeting the re
quirements was too great for the
amount to be recived.
Contractor J. G. Sanderson is now
busy laying the gravel on the gap in
the southern loupe of the highway and
this will soon be completed. In every
respect this will be a model highway.
It pierces one of our finest upland
farming districts and is strictly a farm
road as it touches no town of impor
tance except Ashdown.
Ogden Will Celebrate With
Barbecue Monday, July 4
Ogden, July 1.— (Special) — Plans
and arrangements are being made fey;
one of the biggest “to-do’s’ ever held
in Ogden, observing the Fourth of
July, which will be next Monday.
There will be plenty of barbecued
meats, beef and pork, chicken and fish
along with cold drinks, ice cream and
In fact everything good to eat and
Immediately after dinner tfhich will
be served about 1 o’clock by the ladies
of the town, there will be played two
base ball games by tne locals and visit
ing teams. The entire day will be
full of enjoyment and everybody is
(Cordially invited to come and bring
well filled baskets.
Bankrupt Firm Has Holding in Little
Texarkana, June 28. — Bankruptcy
proceedings were instituted in federal
court yesterday afternoon against the
Federal Lumber Company by the fol
lowing creditors: Plunkett-Jarrell
McRae Grocer Company, Hope; T. E.
■Johnson Lumber Company, Houston,
'Tex.; and Speer Hardware Company,
Fort Smith. Attorney Will Steel was
appointed receiver. The Federal Lum
ber Company has its offices here. It
has been operating sawmille at Lock
esburg, Mineral and Winthrop, in Ar
kansas, and Red Oak, Okla. The total
amount of claims cited in the bank
ruptcy petition is about $1,500.
HEAVY POLICE DOCKET
Jinny Tcxarkiiiuaiis Charged Wii'i
Violating Traffic Law.
Texarkana, June 28.—Instructions
given i lie police Saturday to enforce
the traffic ordinance resulted in the
heaviest docket in the Arkansas Bide
City Court this morning that has been
registered since saloons went out of
business. About 40 arrests were made
between Saturday night and this
morning, most of the prisoners being
charged with operating their cars
wthout proper lights. Several of the
defendants were well-known business
Those charged with speeding were
given heavy fines, but most of those
who were charged with Tailing to car
ry lights at night were discharged,
a warning by Judge Barney. Some
leniency was shown in cases this
morning, as the ordinance has not
been enforced during the last year or
Held for Bootlegging.
Mena, June 29.—Clark Yarborough
charged with bootlegging across the
state line in LeFlore county, Okla.,
was caught by Deputy Sheriff Doug
Walker near Vandervoort and was held
at the jail here until officers from Hea
vener could come for the prisoner.
The South’s Greatest Hog.
This prize winning Duroc Jersey recently brought to his owner,
Mr. Carl Reese of Hill County, Texas, the record price for a South
ern raised hog of $5,000.
A few of these wonderful Duroc Jerseys on the farms of this
community would add materially to the wealth of the county.
If you need the money come in and talk with us about it.
ARKANSAS STATE BANK
NO RED TAPE-WE DO OR WE DON’t
A. E. WATERS, President J. L. MARTIN, Cashier
* CALVIN SUTTON, Assistant Cashier
TO SPUD IN TEST WELL
MONDAY MORNING. JULY 4
Manager Steele and Drilling Contrac
tors Kotli Announce Heady to
Make the Hole.
Manager Joseph S. Steel of the Red
River Valley Oil and Gas Leasing and
Drilling Company announced Wednes
day that the test well on the Toland &
Traylor farm, four miles south of Ash
down, would be spudded in Monday
morning. He stated that the drilling
foreman had announced to him that
they would be ready Monday and asked
the company’s permission to spud in.
The company through Mr. Steele had
announced themselves ready and had
given the desired permission. The first,
string of casing has arrived and there
will be no delay on that score. The
boiler will be fired this week and the
machinery tested out and given the
final adjustments. The water supply
will be obtained from Haney Creek,
nearby, and as an added precaution a
well is being sunk as a reserve supply.
Whether by accident of purposely
the first test well in this section of the
county will be spudded in on the Glor
ious Fourth with all of its great signi
ficance of determined beginning and
happy ending, and the great drill will
begin pounding on its way deep into
the bowels of the earth to uncover the
hidden stores of liquid wealth that
geologists firmly believe are there and
on which this company is willing to
stake many thousands of dollars in the
hope of uncovering. The rig is one of
the heaviest made and is designed to go
the limit in depth. The company is
amply financed and expects to make
the test a most thorough one. This
test will be watched with great interest
here and abroad.
' Engineer Visits Foreman Well.
Foreman, July 1.—C. Sanford, of
St. Louis, 'a prominent engineer,
spent a few days here this week mak
'ing an inspection of the oil situation
for St. Louis stockholders in the Sul
'livan Oil Syndicate, Inc. Mr. Sanford
took several samples of the different
formations back with him, and will
make a careful analysis when he re
turns and report his findings to the
He secured samples of formation
from both Sullivan No. 1 and No. 2.
Work is still in progress at the Sul
livan No. 2. The drillers were down
1187 feet Wednesday and still in a hard
The Sullivan Oil Syndicate, Inc., has
been busy this week making renewals
of the leases they secured from the
Foreman Oil Company, as July 1st was
the date of expiration of quite a num
ber of them.
Gone After the Rig.
Dock O’Neal, the driller of the Hale
No. 1 well, and Claud Welch, left
Wednesday afternoon for Shreveport
at which place they are tearing down
and shipping the rig for the well. They
expect to begin setting up the rig
early next week.
Foreman Post Office Now Awaiting
Foreman, July 1.—Mrs. J. A. Pullen,
who has been in charge of the Fore
man postoffice for the past seven years,
has tendered her resignation to the
department. She received acknowledg
ment of the receipt of hr resignation
from the postoffice department Wed
nesday, and the letter stated that an
acting postmaster would be appointed
to relieve her in a few days. Her re
signation was to take effect July 1st,
but shg will continue in charge until
her successor is named.
J. E. Reid received the endorsement
of the Republican County Central
Committee some time ago for the posi
tion, but uflder the plan adopted by
(he administration an examination
will be held to fill the various post
offices, and the appointments made ac
cordingly. Mr. Reid, however, will be
an applicant for. the position and will
take the examination.
TWO OFFICERS FINED
Polk County Officials Fined for Being
Drunk and Fighting.
Mena, June 28.—Two of Mena’s
peace enforcement officers were de
fendants in Police Judge Smith’s
court today and both pleaded guilty
and were fined. Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney B. J. Stuart was fined for
being intoxicated and also for fight
ing with Constable D. A. Hazel. Ha
zel was fined for assault on Attorney
THE STATE IS IN DANGER
OF LOSING ROAD FUNDS
Must Amend its Constitution to Se
cure Federal Highway Aid; As
Result of >'ew Bill.
Washington, D. C. June 29.—Ark
ansas must amend its constitution
within three years after the adjourn
ment of the next legislature to per
mit the legislature to appropriate
money to meet federal aid road funds,
or else #lose federal aid entirely,
under the Dowell road bill which pass
ed the House today. Texas and Geo
rgia are placed in the same position.
The bill was brought up by the Re
publican leaders under special rule
which prevented any attempts to
amend the measure. Many members
who were not satisfied with the lan
guage of the bill were afraid to vote
against it for fear there would be no
road legislation at this session, thus
making it impossible to reappropriate
money already authorized, but which
will revert to the Treasury on July 1.
Texas voted solidly against the bill,
but Arkansas’ vote was split in half,
three for and three opposing. Ray
burn of Texas declared the measure
would disrupt the entire road building
machinery of his state.
Representatives Wingo. Driver and
Parks of Arkansas, who voted against
the bill, .based the position on these
That it would take away from tiyi
local communities control over road
affairs and turn it over to the nat
ional government, that it would coerce
Arkansas into amending its constitu
tion or deprive it of road funds even
while paying taxes from which the
funds are derived, that it places addi
tional restrictions upon securing fed
eral aid for the part of the state need
ing it most, and that it tends toward
the building of the rough highways ir
respective of the needs of the local
What the Governor Thinks of It.
Little Rock, June 29.—That Arkan
sas will be compelled to provide a
state highway fund guaranteeing $1,
650,000 annually ajid also to form some
central agency with jurisdiction not
only over construction but of mainten
ance of roads if it is to continue to re
ceive federal aid under the Dowell bill
which was the statement made yester
day by V. P. Knox, state highway com
The Dowell bill was passed by the
national House of Representatives
Monday and has gone to the Senate.
According to Mr. Knox, who has
been watching the progress of the
measure in Congress, provision is
made in the schedule of states, for
$1,650,000 for Arkansas annually, con
ditioned on the state’s ability to
guarantee to meet the federal aid
dollar for dollar. Under present laws
Arkansas is able to guarantee only
$300,000, approximately, for state
aid. State road funds are derived
from two sources; the automobile tax,
of which the counties in which the
tax is collected are, now receiving 70
per cent, and the gasoline tax, 50
per cent of which goes to the coun
ties. This year, Mr. Knox said, the
gross auto tax will amount to about
$1,000,000 and the gross gas $350,
000. If these two taxes were combin
ed and placed in the state fund without
division among the counties, by next
year, Mr. Knox said, they would ag
gregate not less than the $1,650,000
This is one method of providing the
needed state fund. Others are by
state bond issues and by additional
In addition to the fund, the Dowell
bill would require that the construc
tion and maintenance of roads be
placed entirely under the jurisdiction
and supervision of a single state
agency. At present the county judges
have jurisdiction over county roads,
and road commissioners over those
constructed by improvement districts.
It is probable, Mr. Knox said, that a
constitutional amendment would be
required to fix the matter of jurisdic
Governor McRae, who made his
campaign in part on revision and im
provement cf road conditions yester
day said that he intends appointing
an honorary commission to look into
the road situation and to make a re
commendation for legislation. The
work of the comfnission, according to
the governor, would not be to consider
the matter in view of what already
has been accomplished, and what
parts of the district roads may fcfe
utilize-d in the establishment of state
Memphis, Dallas and Gulf
Will Be Ordered Sold
It was reported by those attending
the hearing of the Memphis, Dallas
and Gulf Railway at Texarkana Wed
nesday that Judge Youmans would on
the second day of July order the road
sold, according to application made by
Ii was intimated that the date ot the
sale would be set from thirty tc sixty
days from the date of the order. It
was also stated that the road would
continue to run pending the sale. An
effort will be made by friends of the
road to interest persons to buy the
property who would be capable 01
operating it. It is not believed that
the road will be junked, but that it
will be bought by people who will at
least operate the west end of it.
SHOULD PAY POLL TAX
Time Limit Expires July 2, Says the
Local Chairman, for Women.
Women of Little River county should
pay their poll tax for seven reasons,
says Mrs. A. D. DuLaney of this city,
chairman of the local League of
Women Voters, in calling the attention
to the fact that July 2 is the last day
on which the poll ax may be paid.
These reasons, she says, are: “Be;
cause under the laws of Arkansas all
citizens of 21 years and over must
pay a poll tax in order to vote at
city, county and state elections.
"Because administration of gov
ernment is *in the hands of officials
chosen by the voters.
“Because capable, honest, clean offi
cials mean progress and safety in gov
ernment. Some city officials will be
nominated in the November primary.
“Because educational and moral
questions are voted on at nearly every
"Because every question dcideed at
the polls affects the home and child
"Because the $1 for a poll tax from
every women of voting age will put
$150,000 into the school fund and help
raise Arkansas fro mthe forty-sixth
place educationally, which she now
occupies among the states.
"Because it is a privilege, an ob
ligation and a patriotic duty to ex
ercise the power of the vote, and be
cause it means a securing of selfpro
tection and the advencemnt of public
GIVEN $18,000 JUDGMENT
Widow of Man Who Killed Self to
Recover of Insurance Firms.
Texarkana, June *28.—Mrs. B. E.
Dixon, widow' of Dr. B. E. Dixon, who
shot and killed himself in the State
'National bank building last Decem
ber, today was awarded judgment of
1 $18,000 against several fraternal in
surance companies, by a jury in the
Miller circuit court. Dr. Dixon lost
his life under sensational circum
stances, and a. coroner’s jury returned
B verdict of suicide. It was on this
ground that the insurance companies
declined payment of the policies.
WILL DISCUSS THE CUT
IN RAILWAY WAGES
Union Leaders to Convene In Chicago
Saturday to Consider Possible
Strike; Referendum Not Final.
Chicago, June 30.—More than 1,000
rail union leaders will assemble In.
Chicago Saturday to prevent a tie
up in the country's transportation
The strike issue, brought to the front
by the decision of the United States
Railroad Labor Board, directing a
20 per cent wage reduction effective
July 1, is very important to these
men. By-laws of their organization
leave submission to the Labor Board,
ruling to their discretion.
However, a general walkout could
not be finally declared at the im
pending conference. Such an order
would have to be approved by refer
endum vote of members of the unions
that have not yet expressed their
Tabulation ot the wage issue refer
I endum vote registered by members of
the Federal Shop Crafts during the
last 30 days practically was com
pleted tonight. B. M. Jewell, president
of the Railway Employes' Department
of the American Federation of Labor *
said the result probably will net bo
announced before Saturday.
AVhile declining to indicate how the
shop crafts vote has gone, M. Jewell
again said reports that the referen
dum showed the ship men overwhelm
ingly in favor of rejecting the wage
cut were not founded on official in
formation. He said 325.000 ballots had
been sent out. The reports gave this
figure as representing the majority
against accepting reduced wages.
These reports persist. But, even as
suming the referendum returns vindi
vate them, the strike issue will still
be largely in the hands of the labor,
“We are confronted with a serious
situation,” said Mr. Jewell, “but if
vre have proper co-operation from ail
concerned the railroads and the gen
| oral public—we can settle our trou
The army of unions leaders, most of
them general chairmen of the four,
big brotherhoods, probably will be in
session several days.
Appoints Executice Conr
mittee for the County
A. D. DuLany, who was recently ap
pointed on the State Board of Direc
tors for Little River county of the Ar
kansas Advancement Association, has
announced his appointments for the
Executive Committee of the county.
The names follow:
Miss Ada Mills, cashier Bank of Wil
ton, Wilton; R. L. Johnson, Allene;
D. A. Cook, Foreman;; Frank Horner,
Foreman; Roy Bv;dd, Ogden; :R. M,
Bone, Ashdown; Irvin Joyner, Ash
down; A. Goldsmith, Ashdown; Robt.
T. Sessions, Winthrop; S. D. Matte^,
son. Foreman; F. F. Bell. Foreman;
I. W. Holmes, Richmond; H. L. Toland,
Ashdown; Homer Welch, Ashdown;
C. L. Briant, Ashdown; J. L. Martin,
Ashdown; Dr. W. W. A’ork, Ashdown.
Very Good Reasons
When inviting you to transact your business
through our Bank, there should be some reasons
why. There are plenty of them. •
Our financial standing is beyond question.
Our officers are obliging and courteous. Our
dilectori actually direct. Our stockholders are
leaders in the community. Our funds are kept
in our fire-proof vault, burg]ar-proof safe and are
Our banking facilities are modern. Our loans
arc conservative, our resources adequate. We are
proud of our bank and its satisfied customers.
Are you one of them? If not, we cordially invite
you to open an account today.
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